Now just because I enjoy free-cutting and freeform piecing does not mean that I take shortcuts on workmanship. Nor does it mean that I airily dismiss the skills required for precision piecing. We should all take the time to work on core quiltmaking techniques so that we have the skill set to execute the many quilt ideas that come into our heads whether traditional or contemporary style.
Although I am not a great gadget afficionado, there are some tools around that actually work. One that comes to mind is the Pineapple Rule from The Great American Quilt Factory in Denver, Colorado:
I’ve yet to make a Pineapple log cabin style block with it but the ruler is BRILLIANT for trimming up Square in a Square and Flying Geese blocks. I used this ruler to good effect in Vintage: